During these incredible times, it can be hard to see some of the positives that are happening around us. The world has not experienced something of this magnitude for decades, and in some respects, over a century ago. What continues to amaze me is the perseverance of the human spirit.
In every country, we are seeing people demonstrate resilience and leadership in all forms. Videos of roof top tennis; great tenors singing in an empty cathedral venue; doctors, nurses and medical professionals running to the front lines; educators teaching virtually; distilleries making hand sanitizer and t-shirt shops making masks – these are just a few examples of the resiliency of the human spirit.
I have been amazed at how our industry and team have responded. The quick education, collaboration and ingenuity has been impressive to witness. Simple things: like designing and building hand washing stations for all projects, even those without water, is something that all job sites will have going forward. Job site screening and daily manpower location maps have been implemented to ensure social distancing.
As a Gen Xer, I have been skeptical at times on remote working in our industry. However, I realize now that our superintendents have been working remotely their entire careers. Our support staff, estimators and project managers haven’t missed a beat in supporting our superintendents and field teams. This is a testament to their passion and commitment to serve our clients.
At home, we see families adjusting. We’re watching parents and caregivers take on a whole new role – adjusting their schedules to help educate their children. Many of us are learning new skills to occupy our time. Personally, at my house, my wife has worked in the yard every day the weather has allowed, and our yard looks incredible! My son has taken up disc golf. He even called (yes, called) a store to purchase used discs and picked them up curbside! To me, this is an example of how we all can adjust to make the most of the situation, while doing our part to protect others.
Finally, a big shout out to the class of 2020! Whether it’s the medical students who graduated early to serve on the front lines, or the high school students who are missing prom, sporting events and graduation. Your response to this unprecedented situation has been impressive. Congrats to all of you and what you’ve accomplished so far!
I’m continually inspired by witnessing people around the world prevail in response to this exceptional challenge. As a 100-year old business, Straub Construction has sustained many obstacles. The world is constantly changing, and we will continue to learn, adapt and persevere for another century.
Parker Young, President